Senior Staff

HealthCare Chaplaincy - Jose A. Hernandez

Jose A. Hernandez is Chief Operating Officer. He joined HCC in 2013 following eight years as CEO of the YWCA of Trenton, NJ. After successfully turning around a multi-million dollar organization that was suffering from large debt, an aging infrastructure and dwindling revenues,  Jose grew annual budget by over 45% in just three years. He developed and founded the “Stand Against Racism” movement – a call to people from all backgrounds to "Stand Against Racism" and discrimination. Within two years, he ignited a national movement, inspiring and leading over 100 CEOs of YWCAs throughout the country, which led to the participation of over 3,000 corporations and organizations in 39 states. Over a quarter million participants have become part of the movement, which has been featured by ABC, NBC, and CBS and over 300 major newspapers nationwide. Jose’s initiative has also earned the endorsement of six U.S. Governors.

He also founded the "New Jersey Women’s Hall of Fame", where dignitaries from various fields have been inducted, including a world renowned author, the Lt. Governor of New Jersey, nationally recognized athletes, and other notable figures.  Previously, Jose served as Chief Development Officer for RENEW International, a faith-based organization that promotes spirituality through its international base of over 25 million small faith-based communities.

In 2011, Jose was named New Jersey’s Top Forty Under 40 by NJBiz, and was also honored at the 2010 Spirit of Community Gala in Trenton in recognition of his impact in the community. From 2007-2010 Jose served as an Advisor to the Governor in the matters of Human Services. In addition, he currently serves on a number of local and regional boards, including the MIDJersey Chamber of Commerce, where he is also a member of the Executive Committee and co-chairs the Hispanic Business Council for the central New Jersey area.

He earned dual bachelor’s degrees in religious studies and social work from Iona College, and theology post-graduate work at St. John’s University.

The Rev. Amy Strano is Vice President, Programs and Services at HealthCare Chaplaincy Network, charged with building relationships with hospitals and health-care related organizations. Rev. Strano works closely with leaders of chaplaincy services and patient experience on supportive programs that promote spiritual health. With great appreciation for the caring and compassionate presence of chaplains, Rev. Strano enjoys the opportunity to offer resources and guidance to the challenges many patient-care professionals face in providing whole-person care. As a spiritual care advocate, Rev. Strano aims to transform health care so that every patient and family member's spiritual needs are addressed as part of their overall care. Rev. Strano, an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, graduated from Mount Holyoke College and has a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary.

HealthCare Chaplaincy - The Rev. George Handzo

The Rev. George F. Handzo, BCC, CSSBB, Director of Health Services Research and Quality, oversees projects devoted to the strategic assessment, planning and management of chaplaincy services and to developing the evidence for the efficacy of chaplaincy care. Widely regarded as one of the foremost authorities on the deployment and practice of professional healthcare chaplaincy, Rev. Handzo has authored or co-authored over fifty chapters and articles on the practice of spiritual care and chaplaincy care and was the co-principal investigator on a major grant from the John Templeton Foundation investigating the contribution of spiritual care to health care. He is a past president of the Association of Professional Chaplains which in 2011 awarded him the Anton Boisen Professional Service award, its highest honor. He serves on the leadership team of the Global Network for Spirituality and Health and on the Distress Guidelines Panel of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.  The Rev. Handzo is a graduate of Princeton University and Yale University Divinity School. He is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.

HealthCare Chaplaincy - Edward Haran

Edward Haran, Vice President, Human Resources and Administration has held senior positions in human resources at SUNY Stony Brook, Queensborough Community College, Southampton Hospital and Eastern Long Island Hospital. He joined HealthCare Chaplaincy in 2005.

HealthCare Chaplaincy - The Rev. Sue Wintz

The Rev. Sue Wintz, BCC, is Director, Professional and Community Education at HealthCare Chaplaincy Network and the managing editor of its publication PlainViews®, the preeminent online professional journal for chaplains and other spiritual care providers. She has a major role in the development, design, writing and instruction of HCCN’s professional continuing education offerings. Sue joined HCCN in 2010 and is a board certified chaplain with more than 30 years of clinical, administrative, educational design, development and teaching experience in the provision of professional chaplaincy and spiritual care in health care and congregational settings. She is a past president of the Association of Professional Chaplains, and in 2013 was given APC’s highest honor – the Anton Boisen Professional Service Award.